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Updated : December 24th, 2020

State: Mississippi (MS)
Phone Number:601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim; For media questions concerning : 601-321-6107
Major Towns:Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Meridian, Tupelo, Greenville, and Olive Branch
Current Unemploymnet Rate in Mississippi

Mississippi Unemployment Questions

What is Unemployment Insurance?
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program designed to ease the economic burden of unemployment by providing a temporary source of income for individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

Who pays the unemployment tax?
In Mississippi, employers pay all of the unemployment tax.

When should I file my claim for benefits?
You should file your claim as soon as you become unemployed.

What if I worked in more than one state? Can I file a claim against another state if I live in Mississippi?
If you worked in more than one state you may be eligible for a Combined Wage Claim. The base period wages from all states in which you worked are combined and you may be able to establish a combined wage claim under the law of a single state to qualify for benefits. An unemployment claims representative can explain the options and procedures for filing a Combined Wage Claim if you think you might qualify.

What is a benefit year?
The benefit year is 52 consecutive weeks. It begins on the Sunday of the week in which your application for benefits is filed. If monetary eligibility requirements are met, your claim will remain in effect for one year. (Note: This does not mean you will receive benefits for a full year).

How is the weekly benefit amount calculated?
A formula is used to calculate the amount of benefits based upon wages paid to you during the base period. Additionally, in order to be eligible one must have: 1. Worked and received wages in at least two quarters of your base period 2. Earned at least $780.00 in the highest quarter of the base period 3. Earned forty (40) times your weekly benefit amount in your base period

What is the maximum weekly benefit amount?
In Mississippi the maximum is $235.00 and the minimum is $30.00.

What is a base period?
The base period is defined as the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding your initial claim for benefits. Benefits are based on your earnings during this period of time.

What if I worked for an employer during the base period and the wages are not shown on my claim?
Once you file a claim for benefits, you will receive a Monetary Determination. The Monetary Determination shows the wages reported by your employer(s) during each quarter of your base period. Study the notice carefully. Be sure that it includes all wages paid during the quarters shown. If you believe that some wages you earned are not shown, you should contact your local claims center and file a request for re-determination.

Privacy Act Statement
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that you be furnished this statement because you are being asked to furnish your Social Security account number for claims purposes. Your Social Security number is solicited under the authority of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 [26 U.S.C. 85, 6011(a), 6050B, and 6109(a)]. Disclosure of your Social Security number for this purpose is mandatory, and must be entered on all state, interstate, and Federal UI claim forms.

Unemployment Insurance Statement
In Mississippi, the EMPLOYER pays the cost of Unemployment Insurance. The worker pays no part of it. Unemployment Insurance is not Old Age Insurance, Welfare, Relief, Sick or Disability Insurance, or Vacation Pay. Unemployment Insurance is a program designed to provide income to those unemployed due to no fault of their own.

Fraudulent Claim
Anyone making a false statement or withholding facts to increase or obtain benefits to which he is not entitled is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both.

Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) is a provision under the Trade Act of 1974, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. This program provides for compensation and/or training to persons unemployed or underemployed due to increased activity of foreign imports. Recipients of TRA benefits may be required to participate in training. If you feel you may be eligible for benefits and services offered by the TRADE ACT OF 1974, you may obtain a petition from the nearest WIN Job Center.

Child Support Obligations
Mississippi Employment Security Law requires that Child Support Obligations be deducted from your unemployment benefits if so directed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). You will be notified by this Agency if Child Support will be deducted from your weekly benefits. If you have questions about the MDHS court order or the amount of child support owed, you should contact your local child support office.

Questions & Answers

  1. I am permanently disabled and had to retire from Federal Employment after 15 years, due to an on the job injury (2012). I paid into the system and never drew any unemployment monies. The doctors at that time loaded me up with pain killers and I am now getting out of the haze. After paying unemployment all those years, am I entitled to any compensation at this time? Been thinking about trying to go back to work again, I hate doing nothing. Also, I finished all of my classwork on a PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi, but had to withdraw due to the heavy dose of opiates the doctors put me on at the time. Perhaps there is a councilor that I could speak with. Now that I’m waking up, it is simply unacceptable for me to simply give up and quit. Need some advice. Thanks

    1. Steve,

      To begin with, I suggest you call the Unemployment Office and explain your situation in detail. Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health issues are not considered.

  2. If my daughter is unwilling to sign a one year contract saying she is willing to relocate out of state will she lose her benefits?

    1. Lori,

      I suggest you ask your daughter to contact the Unemployment Office in your state to check the eligibility since each state has its own rules.

    1. Troy,

      Seasonal employment does not generally qualify due to the nature of work. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  3. have unemployment ins. issued 10\17\2017 took temp job from 12\18\2017 to 1\08\2018. didn’t do search file on website.was released cause i missed to
    many days to illness.will i still qualify reunemployment ins.

  4. I retired at 62 with social security i have worked the last 2 and 1/2 years am i qualified to draw unemployment? my employer paid unemployment insurance in also.

    1. Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information or check online.

  5. I’ve been employed in Mississippi for almost 2 years. I am a retired Marine and receive 40% disability rating for my back and shoulders. My pain has increased so much in the past year that I am in the process of being evaluated by the VA for an increase. My current job requires me to sit or stand in one place for most of the day which causes severe pain in my back. It also includes lifting heavy objects. I recently put in my 2 weeks notice because the pain has become unbearable on a daily basis and I cannot continue to suffer anymore. My question is will Mississippi allow me to draw unemployment until I can find a job thatt will better fit my situation. Thanks.

  6. If we are offering someone over 20 hours a week to work and they refuse it are they eligible to get unemployments benefits on us?

  7. I worked in 3 states beginning in July 2011 until the 17th of November of 2012. I started working in Jackson Mississippi in June of 2012. I have layed off from work due to lack of work. Will I draw unemployment from Mississippi or one of the states that I worked in before?

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